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Cold-blooded fun at Reptile Breeders Expo, Aug. 18-19
You won't want to miss the largest reptile meeting in the world, when the National Breeders Expo returns to the Ocean Center Aug. 18-19. Hours of the exhibit are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can see hundreds of captive-born snakes, spiders, lizards, amphibians and turtles, along with herpetology memorabilia, books and supplies. A "Cold Blooded Creations Art Show" will also be part of the expo. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $15 for a weekend pass. Children 6 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit www.reptilebreedersexpo.com.

Annual Fall Home and Garden Show, Aug. 24-26
Get your home improvement projects solved. The eighth annual Volusia County Fall Home and Garden Show offers thousands of square feet of exhibits where you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware and much more. Visitors can meet guest Brian Santos, "The Wall Wizard," a fourth-generation painting contractor and author of best-selling how-to books. He uses "edutaining" demonstrations in his television appearances and how-to's for industry giants like Sherwin Williams, Imperial Wall Coverings, The Home Depot and Lowe's. Bring up to two family heirlooms or antiques and have them appraised by Harry Rinker, who is known as the Collector Inspector. Other event highlights include landscape, gardening and water features; a complete selection of home improvement items; a new product zone; a kids' zone; a pet zone where you can adopt pets; and other fun activities. Show hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26. Admission is by cash or check only. Adults (17 and older) are $7, seniors are $6, and children age 16 and under are free. Active duty military are $6 with valid ID. For more information, visit www.volusiacountyhomeandgardenshow.com.

Family fun at Jurassic Quest, Aug. 31 - Sept. 3
Jurassic Quest returns to the Ocean Center Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, bringing with them their massive dinosaurs and family fun. Jurassic Quest is the largest exhibit of life-size, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs in North America. The main dinosaur exhibit features realistic, life-size, animatronic dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of activities for kids of all ages. Activities include huge T-rex and triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover dinosaur bones, along with face painting, dinosaur crafts, and the Dino Bounce area with several dinosaur-themed inflatable mazes and even dinosaur rides. Admission starts at $20 for children, $34 for children's VIP admission, $20 for adults and $18 for seniors. Children under 2 are free. Law enforcement and military members and their families save $2 per ticket with identification. Exhibit hours are from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3. For more information, visit www.jurassicquest.com/daytonabeach.

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